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Conte \Conte\, n.; pl. Contes. [F.] A short narrative or tale, esp. one dealing with surprising or marvelous events.

The conte (sic) is a tale something more than a sketch, it may be, and something less than a short story. . . . The ``Canterbury Tales'' are contes, most of them, if not all, and so are some of the ``Tales of a Wayside Inn.''
--Brander Matthews.


Contes may refer to:

  • Contes, Alpes-Maritimes, a commune in the Alpes-Maritimes department in France
  • Contes, Pas-de-Calais, a commune in the Pas-de-Calais department in France

Usage examples of "contes".

You can bid them cut off the last vestiges of power that their contes and doges may have, even expel those noblemen completely-after all, their guilds and merchants' councils really rule their cities already.

The Tsigane version of Sara and the saints is from Claude Clément's wonderful children's book Contes Traditionelles de Provence, and represents either the iconoclastic extreme or the earliest, least-changed myth.